At the heart of Sterling Networking groups, is a core value of networking with integrity.
We never pressurise anybody to join any of our groups at any time, and would much rather a prospective member visit their selected group at least twice before joining, which enables both the prospective member and the group to make sure they are a good ‘fit’ before.
We strongly believe in business collaboration wherever possible, and help to facilitate 1 – 1 face to face meetings between members and also visiting guests to ensure a good understanding of each other’s business.
How our networking breakfasts work...
We follow an agenda, which allows for introductions and informal as well as formal networking, as well as the friendly banter you would expect from a professional and personable group.
6:45am Meeting begins with a tea, coffee, water or juice and enjoy 15 minutes’ informal networking.
7:00am Breakfast is served or collected: Traditional cooked breakfast (or vegetarian option)
7:10am ‘60-second round’. This is an opportunity for each member and guest to introduce themselves and their business, defining the kinds of referrals and any particular introductions they currently seek.
7:45am ‘Engine Room’ break. This is the crucial part of our meetings whereby after listening to the 60 second introductions from members and guests, this is a great opportunity to connect and arrange your 1 – 1 appointments with businesses you would like to know more about. At the same time a chance to refill your beverage.
7:55am Member presentation to the group of around 10 minutes. This is a great platform, when members can describe their business more fully, and give an opportunity for their group to understand the nature and direction of their business. Brilliant for new projects and new ideas. Invaluable!
8:10am The ‘activity round’ comes next. This is when members and guests are invited to summarise what’s been happening with their business during the previous two weeks, which may include referrals made and received, give thanks to other members and guests, describe any ‘one-to-one’ meetings held outside the breakfast meeting and share any latest news.
At 8:30am Meeting closes, but you’re welcome to stay on for extra networking and discussion if you wish.
How much does it cost?
Annual membership is just £299, with no VAT. After that it’s just £12 for each breakfast. Remember, we actively encourage you to come along to one or two meetings at the same group or different groups before you decide whether or not to join. We really want you to make the most of your membership and that it is a good ‘fit’ for both you and the group.
What are the benefits?
Networking: business development is just one of many benefits! Business networking brings diverse professionals together for mutual benefits, including:
• introductions to potential new customers
• build a wide network of business contacts
• gain the help and support of fellow networkers... and benefit from their expertise
• share your own knowledge and experience: ‘giving back’
• source partners and suppliers you can trust
• discuss new ideas and emerging trends
When & Where
Gloucester Group Leader - Caroline Topping
If you have any queries please contact me, Caroline Topping, on any of the following:
M: 07538 136312